Rotary tools are a must have for craftsmen, hobbyists and do-it-yourselfers. Their small size and versatility makes them a great choice for people interested in working on a variety of projects with minimum investment in tools.
Some brands are more popular than others but for the most part, all rotary tools do the same. However, some do it better and in this guide I’ll review the best-selling rotary tools in the market to help you decide which one is better for you.
Let’s get started!
I. Best Rotary Tool
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1. WEN 2305 Rotary Tool Kit with Flex Shaft
Whether you’re a beginner in the Do-It-Yourself world or a seasoned expert, the WEN 2305 is a model worth considering.
This lightweight, corded rotary tool is a great option for those in a budget as they’re affordable and come with 80 different accessories that will let you cut, drill, sand and more.
I know the price might seem a little ‘too low’ for some and the fact that it is made in China might be a deal breaker to others but, make no mistake, this is a quality piece of equipment that works better than I first anticipated.
My favorite thing about this model, besides the fact that it has so many attachments, is that it also fits attachments from other brands, making it as versatile as they come. Plus, it includes a flex attachment and that’s always a plus.
Sadly, I can’t say that all the numerous attachments are of great quality, as many lasted me just a couple of uses but, considering I can always buy more of those, I consider the WEN 2305 a solid purchase nonetheless.
Consider the WEN 2305 Rotary Tool Kit With Flex Shaft if you’re looking for an affordable, yet versatile, rotary tool already equipped with multiple attachments or if you’re looking for a great beginner’s model.
2. Dremel 4000-2/30 120-Volt Variable Speed Rotary Tool Kit – Corded
Dremel is a fan favorite when it comes to rotary tools, to the point where they’ve basically become synonyms so if you’re attracted to the brand as much as to the functions, then the Dremel 4000-2/30 is a great choice for you.
This small corded rotary tool comes equipped with 30 accessories and 2 attachments, which makes it a versatile tool for all your craftsman needs.
The best thing about this model, at least in my opinion, is how easy it is to handle it. I have rather small hands and even then I had no problem using this rotary tool, no matter what attachments I used.
In fact, “easy” seems to be the key word when it comes to this particular model. It’s easy to handle, easy to learn how to use (as it comes with a rather comprehensive guide) and it even comes with something called “EZ Twist” which supposedly makes it easy to change the accessories.
I say “supposedly” because I actually had issues changing them. It seems to me that, unless you use a wrench specifically designed for EZ Twist, there’s nothing easy about changing Dremel attachments.
Luckily, the wrench is included in the kit so once I learned how to use it I was able to change the attachments just fine.
Consider the Dremel 4000-2/30 120-Volt Variable Speed Rotary Tool Kit if you’re looking for a reliable and versatile rotary tool from a well-known brand or if you’re trying rotary tools for the first time, as its user manual will teach you all you have to know.
3. Dremel 7300-N/8 MiniMite 4.8-Volt Cordless Two-Speed Rotary Tool
There’s something you need to understand right off the bat when it comes to this particular rotary tool: It wasn’t made for power.
If you’re looking for a powerful tool that can help you cut through metal and other hard materials then you’re better off looking elsewhere. This Dremel rotary tool is better suited for light work, to the point where the great majority of people choose to use it for things such as nail trimming and working with soft woods.
If what you’re looking for is a low speed lightweight rotary tool well suited for sanding and grinding this is definitely the tool for you.
As previously mentioned, lots of people buy this Dremel to trim their pet’s nails and it’s easy to see why. Not only is it easy to handle this tool but it’s also relatively quiet, which means you won’t be scaring your pets with the noise.
It’s important to remark that this battery powered rotary tool isn’t a kit. It comes with less than 10 accessories and all of them were made to grind or sand, which means you won’t be finding much variety here.
Consider the Dremel 7300-N/8 MiniMite 4.8-Volt Cordless Two-Speed Rotary Tool if you’re looking for a low speed tool for grinding and sanding delicate materials or trimming your pet’s nails.
Friendly advice: The battery technology used in this model is different to lithium. What you need to do to make it last as long as possible is to recharge only when the battery is dry. Recharging while there’s still juice in the battery will make it last less.
4. Dremel 220-01 Rotary Tool Work Station
This isn’t a rotary tool, this is a work station which means that this is an accessory. You will need a rotary tool to use this.
That out of the way, this is a great option for those looking for a little more security when working on delicate pieces, such as jewelry or glass.
It is sturdy built and can be bolted into your work station for extra security and steadiness. It’s compatible with most Dremel rotary tools and other brands. It can be adjusted to fit just about every need and it’s a great option for those interested in more serious craftsmanship.
Now that I’ve emphasized what this work station is I want to make clear what it’s not. This is not a drill press, this is not a grinder and this is not the tool you want for high volume work.
However, if you’re looking for a work station for personal use then this is definitely a tool to consider.
Consider the Dremel 220-01 Rotary Tool Work Station if you’re looking for a Dremel accessory to help you improve the quality of your personal projects or if you’re working on small pieces, such as jewelry.
II. Top Five Uses for Rotary Tools
Anyone who’s ever worked in a workshop knows that, at some point, they’re going to need a tool they don’t own. Even the best stocked workshops out there can’t hold every kind of tool particularly when some are only needed from time to time.
Anyone who’s ever worked in a workshop knows what to do in that situation: You break out the rotary tool.
This powerful little tool is as versatile as they come, as they can be equipped with all kinds of attachments. It’s precisely this versatility what makes the rotary tool an indispensable option, as it allows you to cut, polish, sand, drill, carve, sharpen, shape, engrave and much, much more.
But a great tool is useless if you don’t know what to use it for which is why I’m going to share with you the Top Five Uses for rotary tools.
Let’s get started!
Rotary tools are better suited for detail work, which is why you’re better off using a sander if you’re planning to work on something big.
If what you’re looking for is working on moldings or small details then the rotary tool has your back.
Sanding attachments come in various forms, such as discs, bands, flap wheels and an even abrasive buff which means you can get all sorts of results using the same tool.
2. Engraving or Carving
This is the kind of task rotary tools excel in. Their small size and variety of attachments will help you work on decorative designs, frames and more.
Rotary tools have attachments to work with wood and attachment to work with metal so you don’t have to worry about the tools being “too h2” or “not h2 enough”
You can find attachments to work on the tiniest details in case the main tool is too bulky for your taste.
Use the grinding attachments for when you need to eliminate sharp edges or when you need to create them!
You can use your rotary tool both to grind sharp edges into submission when you’re working with metal or to sharpen your knives for when you choose to work in the kitchen.
You can also use your grinding attachments to clean up old tools, grind down carved details or to help you shape plastic or polymers.
Rotary tools give you the choice between cutting with wheels or straight bits, which can help you work both on big and small things.
Cut drywall, wood or other light materials with the straight bits or use the cut off wheels to detail your metal work or to trim plastic.
You can get pretty good cutting attachments in most general kits but you can also get kits exclusively designed to cut. It’s your choice!
When I say rotary tools can be used for a lot of things I mean a lot of things and that includes cleaning.
You can find wire brushes, polishing points, polishing wheels and more. Use these to clean your tools, your silverware and even your jewelry.
Who said rotary tools were only for the workshop?
The strength of rotary tools comes from their versatility which means there are many, many more attachments out there. We can’t speak of every single one (or else this guide would be much longer) but you can go out, get yourself an attachment kit and find out all the doors your rotary tool can open.
Got any other uses for your rotary tool attachments? Let us know!
That’s it for this guide.
I hope you find these reviews helpful in answering any questions or doubts you had regarding some of these models and that the new information gives you the confidence you need to acquire one of them.
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